Stalking and Harassment are similar crimes typically perpetrated by the same people. These crimes are often hard to identify because they frequently involve seemingly innocuous incidents such as a rude remark, persistent phone calls or un-welcomed compliments/attention. However they can also involve deeply traumatizing events – threats of violence, aggression, criminal damage or worse.

What makes the problem particularly hard to cope with is that it can go on over a long period of time. It can take a while for you to realize that you are caught up in an ongoing campaign of abuse that leaves you constantly anxious and afraid.

Cyber stalking /harassment takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites. This harassing behaviour can include, but is not limited to:

  • Posting nasty pictures or messages about others on blogs, websites, or social media

  • Pretending to be someone else/fake profiles

  • Spreading rumours on social networks

  • Harassing text messages or emails

As with all crimes, Victim Services can provide both practical help and support to help you find the strength to go on. We understand what it’s like to be on the receiving end of stalking or harassment and we won’t need convincing that you need help. We can also assist you by finding ways to put an end to the problem. The most important thing is to recognize that you are being targeted, and to take steps to deal with as quickly as you can.

Links

Muskoka, Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services

We recognize that sexual violence is a community issue – not solely a woman’s issue -and therefore strive to develop a strong community response.

We honor the experience of survivors, and include their voice in the creation of services.

http://www.daphnewymn.com/

Esprit Place Women’s Shelter

http://www.psdssab.org/index.php/our-programs/parry-sound-district-housing/womens-shelter/

District of Parry Sound Domestic Violence Coordinating Committee

http://www.dpsdvcc.ca/

Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centers

Our members have significant expertise in the fields of sexual assault and domestic violence.

http://www.satcontario.com/en/victims_sa.php

Bullying.org

Canada’s original bullying website, now sponsored by the Family Chanel and BBI Internet. The site uses different media – writing, drawing, music film, poetry – to educate children about bullying. A finalist for the Stockholm Challenge Awards in 2001, it has been called one of the best web sites in the world for children